Baltimore Rising

Synopsis: Baltimore Rising follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Sonja Sohn
Production: Blowback Productions
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


Bring yourself back online.

Can you hear me?

Do you know where you are?

Would you like to wake up

from this dream?

There's nothing to be afraid of.


Have you ever questioned

the nature of your reality?

We must take this matter

into our own hands.

- Our city!

- Our city!

Tell us what you think

of your world.

What do you think of the guests?

Do you know where you are?

Will the things I told you

change the way you think

about your world?

Do you know where you are?

- I walked down the street

with a reporter

from a national network,

who looked around

and saw all of

these boarded-up properties,

and said to me...

"Councilman, you know,

that riot really tore up

this community, didn't it?"

And I said, "Look again.

"Look at the boards

on those homes.

"Do they look like they were

tacked up yesterday?

No, they've been there

20 years, maybe longer."

I said, "The riot didn't

tear up the community.

"The condition of the community

caused the uprising

that we had."

- Man, I've been

recording this.

I've been recording.

- When the police

and Freddie Gray

made eye contact,

Freddie Gray ran.

And he was arrested,


for running while black.

- What may have followed

is a so-called "rough ride,"

or a deliberate tactic

used by police

to harm unbelted

handcuffed passengers.

- And he emerged

at the end of that ride

with an 80% torn spine.

- We had to get to the hospital

and find out if it was true.

We was thinking that

maybe it was a mistake...

maybe they had the wrong room.

This can't be happening

to our Freddie.

No peace!

No justice, no peace!

- That's right!

- We ain't gonna

let this happen no more!

We came to send them

a strong message

that black lives matter!

- Freddie Gray,

a young man arrested

by Baltimore City Police

last weekend, has died.

- By the grace of God...

By the grace of God...

- Justice shall prevail.

Justice shall prevail.

- The medical examiner

will list the cause of death

as trauma to the neck

and spine.

- There were thousands

of protestors at City Hall,

where they had gathered

after marching

from the police district

where Freddie Gray

was arrested a week ago.

- You'll see

there's police officers

in riot gear

trying to hold this position.

- I am taken back

by the amount of people

that there are...

community members.

- You're not letting me answer!

- I'm asking you...

- I'm saying to them,

"Family, let me talk to you."

"No, you don't say nothing!

You're one of them!

You're a Nazi!"

And I'm getting

all of this hatred.

Cops! Pigs! Murderers!

- There have been sudden,

spontaneous confrontations...

- We're not ignorant!

We just want peace.

- But so far,

no major eruptions

of violence in Baltimore.

- Now, there was information

that there was

these various sites

that were going to be targeted

by bands of young people.

- What they did, as smart as

the Baltimore City Police

Department is, they shut down

the Mondawmin Mall

bus terminal.

That's a major terminal.

So you shut that down,

kids can't go nowhere.

- These kids, clearly,

are getting frustrated.

- Rest in peace, Freddie.

- Western Baltimore

is under siege at this moment.

- The real story is that

Freddie Gray was murdered

by the police,

and my city took to the streets

and took this city back.

- Hey, guys, they just set

the CVS on fire.

- Hey, did they close

down the street?

- Cop cars

were being destroyed.


were being destroyed.

It's like a demon

took over the city.

- Maryland governor

Larry Hogan declared

a state of emergency.

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